It's a great, IQ-flattering entertainment both wonderful and wise.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Only after leaving the theater is there reason to realize just how much imagination has gone into making this film so enveloping.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The sharp, clear shapes and planes, with their vivid colours and hyperreal light, promise to float in front of the audience's eyes, near and far, in something like the old-fashioned 3D way.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Toy Story 2 transforms from rootin'-tootin' 'toon to museum-class art.
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
The toys are back with even more hilarious vengeance. The story's twice as inventive as its predecessor. And the vocal talents of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and others bring even fuller soul to the proceedings than before.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Toy Story 2 is everything you could want in a sequel.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
The kitsch is back in full bloom -- gotta love the grouchy Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and the discovery of the beach-blanket-bingo Barbie aisle.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
Pixar, the animation studio that teamed with Disney for both movies, has broken technological ground since the first Toy Story, and TS2 shows off its newest expertise with one smart visual joke after another.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Against most odds, the sequel turned out to be at least as wonderful as Pixar's 1995 original -- maybe more so.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The Pixar people just get better and better.
Jeff Millar - Houston Chronicle
The story is a winner, moving briskly through themes of loyalty, loss, greed and redemption.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Toy 2 is colorful and funny, and the computer-animation from Pixar Animation Studios creates a convincingly detailed environment for the toys.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
So exhilaratingly spry that you leave on a high -- a sure sign of an instant classic.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
This isn't a made-for-video that they decided to put into theaters, but a version intended from the first to be theatrical. That's important, because it means more detail and complexity went into the animation.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This computer-animated sequel blows the latest Star Wars sequel out of the galaxy.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
The movie's clearly articulated theme is whether life should be lived for the future or in the present, something both adults and children may find provocative.
Lisa Alspector - Chicago Reader
Toy Story 2 is even sweeter, faster, funnier and more beautiful than the Pixar team's groundbreaking computer animated blockbuster.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
In the realm of sequels, Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story what The Empire Strikes Back was to its predecessor, a richer, more satisfying film in every respect.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
TS2 represents a major step forward in computer-animation artistry.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Sayonara, Pokemon! The toys are back in town.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Like last year's underrated Babe: Pig in the City, it dares to take its familiar cast of characters in a different, more melancholy direction.
John Hartl - Film.com
Tom Keogh - Film.com
An utter delight.
Robert Horton - Film.com
Not only is it just as visually stunning and witty as the first, but it's funnier, more thoughtful and more grown-up.
Janelle Brown - Salon.com
One would have to be a hopeless curmudgeon not to be entertained by Toy Story 2's remarkable visual style, quick-moving storyline, endearing characters, and witty dialogue.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Toy Story 2 is a triumph at every level.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
They've done it again. The folks who brought you 'Toy Story now present Toy Story 2, another clever, riotous tale of life in the toy lane.
Malcolm Ritter - Associated Press
Pixar's improved computer animation is up to all the demands of this excellent adventure.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Lively and good-humored with a great sense of fun.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It's a tough act to follow, but director John Lasseter and his Pixar crew have done about as well as can be expected with Toy Story 2.
Andy Klein - New Times
No parent who's been roped into leading the troops to a matinee need fear being bored: gags are, Simpsons-like, conceived to tickle several generations at once.
F.X. Feeney - L.A. Weekly
Toy Story 2 is a brilliant example of that rarest of Hollywood phenomena a sequel to a major hit film thats as good, if not better, than the original.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
It's playtime for viewers of all ages.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Pixar's 1995 Toy Story and its superlative 1999 sequel ushered in the supremacy of computer-generated animation.
Nick Schager - Time Out New York
Filmgoers will need to remind themselves that [the characters were] created by a computer -- not exactly a medium we associate with this kind of love, tenderness and care.
Ann Hornaday - Baltimore Sun
Faster, funnier and wilder, with more cunningly contrived computer effects.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Stunning, witty, exciting, enchanting, and moving.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
...explores the same themes, but running in place has never seemed as witty, touching and visually engaging as it does here.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
'You can't rush art.' Pixar's bliss in art and play is part and parcel of both the creation and the meaning of Toy Story 2, a celebration of the pure joy of doing. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Toy Story 3 has an extremely tough act to follow.
James Plath - DVDTown.com
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Toy Story 2 is the first mature Pixar film and a high watermark that, if Pixar's surpassed it in the last fifteen years, at least it hasn't often.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The film is a series of gorgeously conceived set pieces and terrific character interaction and, unlike newer films, it's not afraid to get a bit grim.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Seeing the film ten years later - and in the mighty shadow of Pixar's recent masterpieces - the film feels a little chaotic, safe, tired on its feet.
David Jenkins - Time Out
Funny, inventive, surprisingly affecting and packed full of delightful touches, this is family entertainment of the highest order and definitely worth catching in this format.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
It's rare for a sequel to outstrip its predecessor, but Toy Story 2 succeeds admirably.
Dean Essner - Film4
If you've not seen Toy Story 2, you're in for a treat.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
With the messages about friendship, loyalty and the all-too-fleeting nature of childhood already striking the perfect emotional chord, the 3D treatment simply deepens the visual experience.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Eye-rolling action, needle-sharp in-jokes, engaging characterisations, perfect plotting... The only fault with this movie is one slightly irksome ballad. But even that's not going to stop you floating out of the cinema sporting a big, soppy smile.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Remaining entirely true to Part 1 and yet establishing itself as a completely independent work, it is almost impossible to fault.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
David Parkinson - Radio Times
The film remains one of Pixar's finest moments. It's unexpectedly dark in tone, and, with its underlying theme of mortality and abandonment, it's perceptively written and superbly animated.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
As with the recent 3D version of Toy Story, the 3D upgrade to Toy Story 2 is extremely impressive and makes this an unmissable experience, even if you've already seen it 20 times on DVD.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Not content to simply re-create the success of its predecessor, the sequel... reveal[s] itself to be a surprisingly philosophical work.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Our emotional autobiographies influence our film tastes more than we'd care to admit.
Aaron Cutler - Slant Magazine
Inventive, hilarious, witty, touching and exhiliarting, (the final climatic scene which follows an airline's baggage handling system is heart stopping) "Toy Story 2" is that rarest of things - a perfect film.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Toy Story 2 always struck me as a disappointment. It's a fine movie with plenty of spirit, but the franchise formula feels diluted, lacking the spark of creativity that made the original film sing.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Colorful and witty...the mixture of action and humor proves as irresistible as ever.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Toy Story 2 shares the unique distinction of being one of the very few sequels that actually surpasses its predecessor, and continues to entertain as effortlessly now as it did seven years ago when it debuted in theaters.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Toys are us.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The list of highlights is endless. Kids will love it; adults may react more deeply. Just wonderful.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Even better than the original.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
With very rare exceptions - sequels are not nearly as good as the original. However, leave it to the folks at Pixar to manufacture the quintessential exception to this rule.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
...one of the few sequels in the history of cinema that is an unqualified improvement over its predecessor in every way.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Definitely outdoes the first film. It's the Godfather II of computer animated films.
Chris Gore - Film Threat
A hands-down masterpiece and the best film of the year, so far. Brave the holiday movie-going crowds and give yourself and the family a real treat.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
One of the most entertaining and exciting animated features ever made, one of those rare sequels that bests its predecessor.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Pixar's gold standard for storytelling sophistication
not only their best all-around film, but one of the best films ever made, period.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Watching Toy Story 2 is like opening a box from the attic and finding your favorite childhood toys inside.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Seldom has there been such a brilliant sequel to such a brilliant predecessor.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Does everything you would ever ask a sequel to do.
David Poland - Hot Button
A full measure of Toy Story 2's success can be gauged by its undeniable appeal for children who have never seen a Western television show or played with a cowboy toy.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
Behold, my friends, the superior sequel.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
A wonderful movie that made me go through lots of shades of emotions.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A creative, amusing treat for the whole family.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Parents should caution: After Toy Story 2, homes will likely be sprinkled with dust from attic boxes, as favorite playthings of yesteryear are brought out for a joyous reunion.
Ellen Kim - Hollywood.com
Every bit as intelligent, humorous and heartwarming as its predecessor.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Even though computer animation may seem like the coldest, least organic art form, the characters pulse with more humanity than most live actors can muster in a dozen mainstream movies.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Realiza a facanha de ser ainda melhor do que o filme original.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The folks at Pixar have taken Toy Story and by confronting questions of self-worth -- can the monetary value of a toy kept pristine in its box equal the joy that toy would give to a child who plays with it? -- made it better.
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
The moral of Toy Story 2 is that nothing lasts forever so it's important to savor all the precious moments of love while you still have the chance.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
People have argued whether this one surpasses the original; my vote is no, but it comes damn close.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Much work has gone into the 'story' as into the 'toy', making this a rewarding return to an indisputable visual treat.
Nick Hilditch - BBC
A zippy, clever romp.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
A technical marvel that's packed to the margins with details and tricks, pathos and inside jokes, Toy Story 2 fulfills the immense promise of its predecessor where it might have diminished its charms.
Stephen Thompson - AV Club
They may be animated by computers, but the characters in Toy Story 2 are some of the most lifelike and affecting creations in any movie this year.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A must see!
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
This is a really good film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Toy Story was the best of the Disney resurgence of the last decade.
David Forsmark - Credo
An excellent example of a sequel that is more worth seeing than the original film. It most certainly is not a disguised remake as sequels too often are.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The film crafts its messages amidst humor that moves the story along with delight and laughter.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Look out George Lucas, a bunch of toys are after your space franchise.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Not just matches, but actually surpasses a delightful original.
Charlie McCollum - San Jose Mercury News
A very good film, especially considering it is a sequel. Although not as innovative as the original (how could it be), Toy Story 2 still packs plenty of laughs and surprises.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Its mix of silliness, affection, and piercing nostalgia -- and yes, artistry -- keeps the separate halves of the audience engaged simultaneously.
Jim Ridley - Nashville Scene
It is by far the funniest, most inventive and perfectly crafted comedy of the year.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
There's not a single moment of this film that's not wildly imaginative and utterly delightful.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Pixar should, if they haven't already, start installing additional shelf space. Those statuettes and plaques sure do take up a lot of room.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
A cohesive work full of genuine invention, brilliant animation and strong story telling -- all through pivotal character building.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The film is a celebration of life, love, fun, adventure and luck, made all the more brilliant by a steady theme underneath the surface. Children will undoubtedly adore it, but adults will find much to like as well.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
A worthy sequel to the classic cartoon.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Not only is TS2 better than the first outing, it is better than most movies released this year.
Mike Kerrigan - Boxoffice Magazine
Toy Story 2 just made me feel guilty that I would go on to abandon those same toys to whom I'd given names and inner lives when I got my first Nintendo.
Wesley Morris - San Francisco Examiner
Toy Story 2 manages to deliver solid family entertainment despite the familiar formula.
Darren D'Addario - Citysearch
Magnificent, super fantastic, rich, wonderful, full, stop-what-your-doing-and-go-see-it appeal.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
A warm charmer of a kid film, and though it falls just shy of the original in terms of, well, originality, it's still head and shoulders above most of Disney's output of late.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A case where the sequel is even better than the original.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
I can truthfully write -- even if it sounds like I've been paid off by Disney -- that 'Children of all ages will love Toy Story 2.' In fact, adults and kids did enjoy the film at the screening I attended.
P. Nelson Reinsch - PopMatters
Director John Lasseter and his happy swarm of colleagues have got it right with this beautifully crafted dazzler.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Those wizards at Pixar sure know how to put on a show.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
This film shrewdly brings forth two features of contemporary life which everyone suspects but no one seems to be able to prove.
Jonathan Beller - PopMatters
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
So full of sight gags, clever in-jokes and gentle satire (so gentle you could probably miss it) that it's sure to be a favorite among children and adults alike.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Toy Story 2 is visually stunning, with CG images so true-to-life that you can easily forget that you aren't watching a live-action movie.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
As cleverly written and visually startling as the 1995 feature from computer animation expert Pixar, the follow-up improves upon it in so many tangible ways.
Hap Erstein - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Provides the kind of exhilarating cinema experience that leaves you gasping in admiration and actually wanting a third instalment.
Caroline Westbrook - Empire Magazine
Not only equals, but bests the classic original film.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A rare phenomenon that can be put on a list with Godfather II, The Empire Strikes Back and very few others: It's a sequel that surpasses the original in every conceivable way.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
I forgot something about toys a long time ago, and Toy Story 2 reminded me. It involves the love, pity and guilt that a child feels for a favorite toy.
Roger Ebert - At the Movies
While the first Toy Story dazzled us with its technical flair and witty storytelling, this one wins because of its heart.
Jeffrey Wachs - Reel.com
A whole lot of good, clean fun.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Unlike other kid-directed movies -- stop blushing, Pokemon -- there's so much warmth and emotion here that adults will enjoy it as much as kids.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Even more visually dazzling than its ground-breaking predecessor, Toy Story 2 represents the state-of-the-art in mainstream animated story telling.
Lena Coleman - IFilm
A rollickin' great lil' fun adventure for newborns, children, kids, teenagers, young adults, parents, grandpas and grandmas alike.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
One of the most uplifting, funny, and joyous film experiences I have had in a long time.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
One of the most perfect sequels ever made.
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Toy Story 2 es la mejor muestra de lo que nos espera el proximo siglo en cuanto a animacion y entretenimiento familiar
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Wonderful universal entertainment, a worthy sequel to Toy Story.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
A film that has a snappy pace, clever writing, and is condescending to neither kids nor adult viewers.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Part of the delight of this sequel its bottomless well of inventive wit.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
first-rate narrative, incredible visual inventiveness and energy and more biting commentary about the nature of the toy in our society.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
I can't remember the last time I saw a sequel as consistently fun and inventive as this one.
Shay Casey - rec.arts.movies.reviews
There is so much here that's delightful in so many ways, you begin to realize what movies are supposed to be, yet so rarely are: transporting experiences.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
Toy Story 2 joins the tradition of children's stories, largely neglected of late, that say something real about the inevitable joys and tragedies of existence.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Toy Story 2 is the perfect film to carry the Disney torch into the next century.
Mac Verstandig - Moviereviews.org
This sequel is about as entertaining and enjoyable as one could imagine any film -- sequel or not -- being.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Mac Verstandig - Stage Newspaper
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A fun, brilliant, and excellent film that parents will be able to enjoy just as much as their kids, if not more so. It's that good!
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
The rare sequel that improves upon its progenitor -- and, considering how wondrous Toy Story was, that's saying something.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
As in the original, the superrealist images beguile us with their bold wit, and the storytelling is so tight, urgent and inventive there doesn't seem to be a wasted moment.
David Ansen - Newsweek
A profound masterpiece of wit and truth that should exhilirate kids and non-snobbish adults (read: those who don't mind being touched by messages a ten-year-old can grasp) alike.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Magical, incredibly inventive mix of action and humor.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Takes a childhood notion -- the life that every child truly believes his or her toys have -- and runs with it in a breathtakingly imaginative way.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
The subtle complexity of the visuals mirrors the narrative sophistication, depth and resonance.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Charming, funny and even touching.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Charming and exciting.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A friend recently told me he considers "Toy Story 2" to be "The Godfather, Part 2" of animated movies; he may very well be right.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
A barrel full of fun that operates successfully at two levels. First, as a joyful and energetic film, it will captivate children of all ages. Second, with its clever script full of cinematic in-jokes, it will also appeal to more experienced filmgoers.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
A wonderful, tuneful score by Randy Newman, a laugh-filled script, out-of-this-world effects and some very talented voices and technicians have created a world we will want to visit again and again.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
92 minutes of smart, zippy entertainment.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
A disarming return visit with a collection of computer-animated eccentrics who haven't come close to wearing out their welcome.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Please, please: another!
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
This time out, director John Lasseter and his team of writers and technicians have found even greater emotional depth in their Hasbro Hamlets.
Philip Booth - Orlando Weekly
Playful and involving.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Adults won't find the action heart-stopping, but they'll find plenty to smile at in the film's clever homages to films.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
More emotionally engaging than most live-action films.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
The Godfather of animated films.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound